“You Mess with the Bull . . .”

An often-explored theme of this blog is the frequency with which similarly situated business taxpayers, facing the same set of economic circumstances, and presented with the same set of choices, will knowingly repeat the “mistakes” made by countless taxpayers before them.[i] They will choose a course

Back to Basics

This is not a silly question. In fact, it is often one of the most difficult issues confronted by a tax adviser, and it arises from one of the most basic of tax principles; specifically, that income is taxable to the person who earns it. The difficulty in addressing the issue derives

Partner or Employee?

It has long been the position of the IRS that a bona fide member of a partnership is not an employee of the partnership. Such a partner, who devotes his or her time and energies to the conduct of the trade or business of the partnership, or in providing services to the

It’s great to be the chief executive of a business that is doing well. You are likely being paid well, in some combination of salary, bonus and distributions, you enjoy the many other perks that are attendant to the position, and, of course, there is the prestige that goes along with the job.

 Unfortunately, a